the DeliveryEd Initiative

Empowering leaders to deliver results

Governments worldwide are striving to provide inclusive, equitable, quality education for all, but many lack an understanding of how they can truly deliver education reform. Through DeliverEd, the Commission and its partners are gathering evidence and creating a community of engagement to build understanding of how to most effectively implement policies that address the learning crisis.

A tough challenge for many governments

Following the launch of The Learning Generation report, Commissioners met with more than 20 heads of government across Africa and Asia. Leaders in these meetings highlighted ineffective implementation as a critical challenge to achieving learning goals and an interest in exploring possible solutions, including strategies often called delivery approaches.

Delivery approaches – including delivery units and delivery labs – have been used in over 40 national and subnational governments with the goal of improving government coordination and implementation of services. But outside of high-income countries, very few peer-reviewed studies exist examining their impact and there is no shared framework for delivery approaches across the global education community.

What DeliverEd will achieve

In partnership with the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government and thanks to support from the UK’s Department for International Development, the DeliverEd Initiative will define what different delivery approaches entail and what evidence exists for their efficacy in improving education outcomes. Research for this project will continue through early 2022.

By producing high-quality research suitable for peer-reviewed publication and facilitating dialogue around implementation challenges, the Commission aims to empower more governments to implement learning reforms successfully.

The research agenda

DeliverEd will take a broad definition of delivery (beyond the units or labs that are often cited) to include approaches to policy implementation which produce better learning results. The initiative will aim to identify what characterizes effective delivery approaches and how they can be constructed.

DeliverEd will also examine the impact of specific approaches on the education outcomes of several case study countries, including Ghana, Pakistan, Tanzania, and Jordan. Beyond this country-level research, DeliverEd will also use its delivery framework to examine the wider landscape of approaches and capture the experiences of policymakers and practitioners utilizing them.

Engaging the education community

To support dissemination and application of the research, DeliverEd is convening a high-level advisory group of policymakers, delivery approach implementers, civil society groups, and multilateral agencies. This group is guiding the research process and will produce a summary publication on implementing learning reforms based on the research generated by DeliverEd, research by other experts, and stakeholder consultations.

Beyond this group, the Commission will also engage a wider range of stakeholders in case study countries and around the world, to build an understanding of implementation challenges and create a platform for learning and knowledge sharing as evidence emerges.

I realized the problems may not necessarily lie in the quality of policymaking processes or policies themselves, but in the mechanisms in place for implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.

Jakaya Kikwete
Commissioner and Former President of Tanzania